Board of Directors

Nancy J. Hauff, PhD, RNC Board President

Dr. Hauff is currently full time faculty at the Wayne State University College of Nursing teaching undergraduate perinatal nursing.  In addition, she continues to work as a staff nurse at the DMC Hutzel Women’s Hospital.  Nancy received her PhD in 2015 from Wayne State University.  Her area of research is looking at the relationship of cumulative trauma on pregnancy outcomes.  Nancy is the recipient of the 1998 Oakland University Nightingale award for Nursing Administration for the award winning Family Road program at Hutzel Hospital.  Nancy has spent over forty years working with at risk pregnant women and babies, and is dedicated to improving pregnancy outcomes and supporting new parents one mom, one baby at a time.


Honorable Daniel Patrick O’Brien Vice-President

Daniel Patrick O’Brien is a judge in the General Jurisdiction Division, Oakland County Circuit Court. He is a former tutor for the Southwest United Presbyterian Church from 2001-2003. He is also a former adjunct professor for Oakland Community College. Judge O’Brien, his wife, Ann Marie, three sons, Daniel Patrick II, Colin James and David Francis live in Troy and are members of St. Anastasia Catholic Church. Judge O’Brien recently completed his 35th retreat with the Jesuit Order at Manresa Jesuit Retreat House in Bloomfield Hills.


Thomas Masson Secretary

Tom is a building materials industry expert with over 30 years of experience, holding senior leadership roles in general management, sales, marketing, operations, sourcing, human resources, and administration.  He has worked for companies ranging from $10 Million to $6 Billion in annual revenues, as well as owning his own successful window and door company. Tom and his wife were both born and raised in Detroit and have been married over 40 years. They have three grown children and four grandsons. Tom is also involved with the Detroit Portrait Project, a group who, at Christmastime, takes portraits of homeless families at various shelters and sponsor a Christmas dinner where the pictures are handed out along with toys for the children.


Diane Kelly Trombley, BSN, RN

Diane Kelly Trombley was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. She is a graduate of Loyola University of Chicago School of Nursing (1963) and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing (BSN). Diane moved to Detroit upon her marriage to Norvell Trombley and resides in Troy, MI. She has three adult children Mark, Marcia and Scott. Her involvement in pro-life activities began in 1968 and she is a board member of Right to Life-Lifespan and is president of Michigan Nurses for Life. As a pro-life activist she notes that the greatest blessing in her life, besides her husband and children, is knowing that because someone heard her voice for unborn children, there are a 9 year old boy and a 16 year old girl and a set of twin boys laughing, learning and living.


Fr. Stanley Pachla

Fr. Stan was ordained a priest on December 10th 1983.  He grew up in Detroit and is one of six children.  He graduated from the University of Detroit with a degree in Education. Before entering the seminary he was a school teacher at Our Lady Help of Christians in north Detroit.   He graduated with a Masters of Divinity from St. John’s Provencial Seminary in Plymouth. Fr. Stan has served in various parishes throughout the Archdiocese of Detroit from Highland Park to Waterford.  He  has been the Pastor of St. Veronica for the past 20 years.  Fr. Stan has been connected with Gianna House since it moved into the former convent on the grounds of St. Veronica Parish in Eastpointe.


Patricia Ralko

Patti was born and raised in Detroit.   She has been married to her husband Frank for 36 years and have 2 adult children.  Patti has always been active in her children’s school activities and volunteering at her local hospital, Soup Kitchen and at her Church.   In 2013 she started and runs Footprints Travel, LLC which specializes in custom European travel  experiences.


Eric Backman, CFP

Eric is a certified financial planner and has run a financial planning business with Northwestern Mutual since 2006. Eric is involved in the contemplative leaders in action leadership program through University of Detroit Mercy. He is an active member of the Detroit Economic Club, Detroit Athletic Club and the Grosse Pointe Rotary Club. Eric, his wife Carrie and son Michael are also very active in his parish St Paul Catholic Church in Grosse Pointe.


Sr. Theresa Mayrand, O.P. Interim Director

Sr. Theresa Mayrand, O. P. was selected as the Interim Director of Gianna House following the death of Sr. Mary Diane Masson, CSSF in January.
Sr Mary Diane Masson, CSSF, founder